Ernie Broglio, part of one of the most lopsided and worst trades ever, dies at 83.

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In my prior post to this one, I noted in my minor league report that Pumpsie Green, the first black player on the Red Sox, who were the last of the original 16 teams to integrate, recently passed away.

With this post, I see another former MLB player of note has passed away, Ernie Broglio, at the age of 83.

Broglio will always be known as a player involved in one of the worst trades in MLB history. He was with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959-1964, and led the majors in wins with 21 in 1960, and also in ERA+, when he finished 3rd in CYA voting (only one award then) and 9th in MVP voting. He won 18 games in 1963.

In the middle of 1964, the Cardinals traded Broglio, then 28, almost 29, to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock.

After 1963, Broglio never won 10 games in a season again. He wound up 1964 7-12, 3.82. He stayed with the Cubs in 1965 and 1966, going a combined 3-12, 6.61 in those seasons.

Brock, meanwhile, hit .348 for the Cardinals after the trade and helped the Cardinals win the 1964 World Series. He was such a big help that he finished 10th in MVP voting in 1964. He also helped lead the Cards to the 1967 World Championship and the 1968 pennant, and was a 6x All-Star, had over 3000 hits in his career, over 900 SB, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 on his first time on the ballot. He finished in the top 10 for MVP voting in 1964, 1967, 1968, 1973 and 1974. He was runner-up in MVP voting in 1974 when he stole 118 bases, a then record. He hit .293 in his career.

Broglio, for the Cubs, went 7-19, 5.40 after the trade.

 

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Minor League Report. A lost day.

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AAA: SWB (55-41) lost 9-4. CF Clint Frazier solo HR. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits (319). RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, 3 RBI.

AA: Trenton (50-42) lost 6-5. CF Matt Lipka 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 for 2 with 3 walks. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Tampa (40-54) lost 2-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits.

Starter Clarke Schmidt (L, 3-3, 3.21) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Low A: Charleston (48-49) lost 4-2. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 for 2 with a walk.

In other baseball news, Pumpsie Green, the first black player on the last team to integrate, the Boston Red Sox in 1959, died at the age of 85. Green played for Boston from 1959-1962 and for the 1963 NY Mets. He hit .246-13-74 in 344 games. 162 g. ave: .246-6-35, OPS+ 95. Green mostly played 2B or SS, with a little bit of 3B.

Yanks rained out. A minor move, news on Chapman, and Heller has a setback.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From MLB.com:

The New York Yankees announced that Wednesday’s game between the Yankees and Rays has been postponed due to the forecast of severe inclement weather.

Tonight’s game has been rescheduled as the first game (3:00 p.m.) of a single-admission doubleheader for tomorrow, Thursday, July 18. The regularly scheduled second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends, but no earlier than 7:05 p.m.

The Yanks did make a minor move today, picking up Terrance Gore from KC for cash considerations. He will go to SWB and isn’t on the 40 man roster. He could go on at the end of the year. The speedster could be used late in the year or in the postseason as a pinchrunner. He already has been used in that role in the postseason with the 2014 and 2015 Royals and with the 2018 Cubs.

Gore, 28, only has 67 MLB at bats, hitting .224 with just 1 MLB RBI. He does have 40 SB however, in 49 attempts. He can play all three OF positions but is primarily a corner outfielder.

Rumors were going around today that Aroldis Chapman absolutely, positively, 1 million percent sure was going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Maybe he still will, but (per mlb.com):

Chapman said that no decisions about his future have been made.

“The report is completely false,” Chapman said through a translator. “I haven’t even spoken to my agent about it. Like I said before, we have a big task in front of us, which is to win the division and win the World Series. That’s the main focus for me right now. Contract stuff hasn’t even crossed my mind at all.”

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“But the truth is, honestly, I feel really good here,” Chapman said. “There’s no reason for me to start thinking about changes or anything like that. I feel great here. Eventually, when the season is over, I’ll sit down and talk about it. No need right now.”

Also from MLB.com:

Right-hander Ben Heller, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been pulled back from his Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to an issue with his right elbow or forearm. Heller is returning to New York to be evaluated by the Yankees’ medical staff.

The YES network has had different people in the studio for pre- and post-game Yankees’ game reports. Seeing Jeff Nelson and David Wells was one thing, but it is a little surprising the past few nights to see Buck Showalter doing commentary.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (55-40) won 3-1. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Camarena (W, 4-4, 5.56) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.75    (AA/AAA 7-1, 3.86)
Tarpley (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.07

AA: Trenton (50-41) won 4-2. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, Solo HR. Promoted from High A to AA on July 3.

Albert Abreu (W, 5-7, 3.72) 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Danny Alvarez (S, 12) 2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.70

High A: Tampa (40-53) lost 4-2. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits, RBI. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (48-48) lost 4-1. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits.

Game 93. Yanks get six in 8th to defeat Rays, 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Rays were about to cut the Yanks’ lead in the AL East down to four games. They were four outs away from doing so.

But a 2-run HR by Aaron Judge and a grand slam by Didi Gregorius turned a possible 3-2 Yankees’ loss into an 8-3 Yankees’ win and enabled the Yankees (60-33) to stretch their lead over Tampa Bay to six games. The Yankees are 10 up on Boston.

The Rays took an early lead when CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Austin Meadows in the top of the second inning.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the second when Edwin Encarnacion hit a 435 ft. HR (28) to tie the game. Encarnacion’s 28th HR of the season (Seattle and NY) was #408 of his career, passing Duke Snider on the all-time list, and putting him one behind Mark Teixeira.

In the fourth, CC gave up a HR to Yandy Diaz to make it 3-1 Rays. He almost gave up back-to-back HR, but Brett Gardner robbed Avisail Garcia of a HR.

In the bottom of the fifth, Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres both made bad base-running decisions on the same play, and Tampa Bay got a DP to end that half-inning.

Diaz got an RBI double in the top of the sixth to put the Rays up 3-1.

D.J. LeMahieu homered in the bottom of the sixth (13) to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for CC but loaded the bases with one out, David Hale relieved Cortes, and got a DP to get out of the inning and keep the game within reach for the Yankees.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked. Two outs later, Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, but then they got insurance runs when Luke Voit singled, Gary Sanchez doubled, Encarnacion was intentionally walked, and Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season, this one a grand slam, to put the Yankees up 8-3.

Hale got into a jam in the top of the ninth, but Zack Britton finished off the Rays.

Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling missed the game. He’s missed a couple lately as he (81 years old) is battling a health issue.

LeMahieu solo HR (13)  .331
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, GW 2-run HR (10)  .304
Encarnacion 2 hits, solo HR (28)
Gregorius 4 RBI; Grand Slam HR (5)

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.06
Cortes, Jr. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.50
Hale (W, 3-0, 2.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.31

Minor League Report. Deivi Garcia wins AAA debut. AA Trenton turns triple play.

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AAA: Deivi Garcia won his AAA debut as SWB (54-40) won 6-4. 2B Tyler Wade, scorching hot lately, 2 hits (.318). LF Zach Zehner 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. DH Ryan McBroom 2 hits.

Garcia 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.

SWB pitchers combined to strike out 14.

AA: Trenton (49-41) pulled off a triple play in a 4-3 win. With runners on 1st and 2nd, the batter popped up to C Kellin Deglan, who fired to second to SS Kyle Holder to double off the runner who was on second, Holder tug out the runner running from first to complete the triple play.

1B Chris Gittens 2 hits. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (48-47) won 3-2. LF Canaan Smith (.301) 2 hits. Daniel Bies four scoreless innings of relief.

Game 92. d’Arnaud singlehandedly beats Yanks, 5-4, with 3 HR, 5 RBI.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Travis d’Arnaud hit 3 HR and drove in all 5 Tampa Bay runs as the Rays, down to their last strike, stunned the Yankees 5-4 Monday night.

With the loss, the Yanks’ (59-33) lead over the Rays was trimmed to five games.

d’Arnaud led off the game with a HR (7) off of James Paxton, then homered off Paxton again (8) in the third to put the Rays up 2-0.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a HR (26) in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Rays’ lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gio Urshela homered (8) to tie the game up.

Encarnacion hit another HR, a 2-run shot, #27 (including his Seattle output) in the bottom of the eighth, to put the Yanks up 4-2.

In the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up singles to both of the first two batters in the inning. He then rebounded with two strikeouts, and had a 3-2 count on d’Arnaud, who had walked twice after his two homers in his first two times up. d’Arnaud sliced a hanging slider into the porch for a three-run HR and a 5-4 Rays lead.

All three of d’Arnaud’s HR were hit to the opposite field, right field.

Chapman, famous for hitting 105 MPH one time with his fastball, and who still can hit 100, seems to be relying more on his slider this year. While still able to bring it, it doesn’t seem as if he can command his fastball, and is all over the place with it. He’s relying more on his slider, and last night hung one and he got burned for it.

In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Judge walked with two out, but for the second time in the last three games, Luke Voit was caught looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the game. Voit was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

Another slumping Yankee is Gary Sanchez, who is down to .240. He is 7 for his last 55.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.331).
Hicks 2 hits
Encarnacion 2 hits, both HR (27), 3 RBI
Urshela solo HR (8)

Paxton 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.94
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  5.05
Chapman (L, 2-2; BS, 4; 2.45) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up GW 3-run HR.